Over recent months we’ve been hearing about Darren Aronofsky’s next project Noah, which will be a big screen adaptation of the Noah’s Ark story. In October Paramount and New Regency came on-board to finance and distribute the $130 million movie, and Aronofsky was said to be interested in having Christian Bale play the lead character.
Well Variety now reports that Bale has had to pass on the role as he’ll be shooting Terrence Malick’s next two films, Lawless and Knight of Cups, back-to-back next year. Instead, Aronofsky is said to be holding talks with Michael Fassbender.
Fassbender is on a roll at the moment following the success of X-Men: First Class and that’s unlikely to slow down with the awards buzz he’s picking up for Steve McQueen’s Shame. Fassbender is no stranger to the swords and sandals genre having starred in 300, but this time he’ll be leading the film instead of playing a supporting role.
Below is a recently released French trailer for the graphic novel which gives us an idea of what to expect:
Earlier this year Aronofsky said:
“Since I was a kid, I have been moved and inspired by the story of Noah and his family’s journey. The imaginations of countless generations have sparked to this epic story of faith. It’s my hope that I can present a window into Noah’s passion and perseverance for the silver screen”.
Academy Award nominated screenwriter John Logan (Gladiator, The Aviator) is re-writing the script and the aim is to begin production next year.